Even though today was more flexible about showing up at work on time, I still did the 5:30am CrossFit class. Instead of going straight to work, I stopped and got coffee for the wife and ate and showered at home. It is a nice relaxing way to start the morning!
Today was another partner workout day. Dan and I partnered for Annie and then 9 minutes to a heavy Snatch.
Annie Rx is double-unders but neither of us can do that. So we did singles. We split up the following work:
The situps were a struggle for me. I did my full share of situps for a total of 130 situps it just took awhile so Dan did the last two sets of single unders for me. So I only did 90 single unders. It would have been nice to get up for a minute and have a break but it did get us done a little faster. We finished in 9:04.
It ended up being longer than 9 minutes for the Snatch work, but we got a good skill lesson from Coach Kaitlin in the middle. She reminded us to slow down the pull from ground and really snap the hips. This did feel stronger! We both finished with 110#’s which is a 15# PR for me. I missed my first attempt at 100#’s Dan did his and then I got it. Then I nailed the 110 without any struggle. On my failed attempt I got the bar to eye level, but couldn’t get myself under it.
In the afternoon I took advantage of the family being out and ran some errands in Maple Grove and headed up to Elm Creek to get some riding in. I know the Mountain Bike trails are closed, but I thought it would be nice to ride some of their paved trails. Well, duh – the snow pack still hasn’t melted in all the shaded areas. At least half of the ride was on snow or ice. I didn’t end up with a lot of time either so it worked out okay to only get a short loop in. I had hoped to do more – not the full loop though but the snow slowed me down. I didn’t fall though it was close a couple of times. Only one place was slick ice, most of the rest I either rode over fine or broke through the slush. I took a few pictures, in the one I got a little off to the side into deeper snow and just got bogged down!! Oops. It was kind of fun, but not what I had anticipated. When I got back to the Eastman Nature Center I did a short out and back on the road to get a little more riding and a little bit of longer riding at speed! Total was 6.2 miles in 39 minutes. Definitely not worth the drive. It was also my first time riding that trail, so next time will definitely be hitting some PR’s!
Sunshine on an afternoon! Forty degrees and sun made for a nice 10 mile ride today. For the most part everything was clear. Some flooding on the Kenilworth trail and lots of puddles! But not really any snow or ice left! The Lakes are still ice covered though I’m not sure that it’s really safe to walk on anymore.
It felt good to get out in the sun and ride relatively easily.
I woke up and did 36 minutes on the Bike Trainer in the morning and some stretching afterwards. I watched a few TED Talks and just ended the ride after the 3rd one. At least for now it is mostly just easy spinning to get the blood pumping. At some point I’ll need to be getting in some longer rides.
In the afternoon we went to the Minneapolis Bouldering Project and I climbed some routes and played with the kids. We usually just push around some medicine balls and play with some of the lightweights. They have 2.5# dumbbells and some similar weighted kettlebells. This week we tried out the battle ropes and lifting the medicine balls like atlas stones. Check out my son’s strongman lifting on my Instagram! I also did some pull-up work while we were there.
We got a snow day today! Hard to believe. I hit the bike trainer this morning while the kids played upstairs!
I did 45 minutes on the trainer while catching up on some TED videos. Then I did some stretching before a short 21-15-9 with my 53# kettlebell. Russian Swings and deadlifts. I finished the short workout in 3:13.
30 Days of Biking is an idea started here in the Twin Cities to get people out on their bikes. September marks round 2 of this attempt. The initial 30 Days of Biking was in April of this year and had high turnout both locally and around the world. Part of the success was using social media tools like Twitter and the #30daysofbiking hashtag, Dailymile and of course Facebook.
There is only one rule to 30 Days of Biking:
… you bike every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online. We believe biking enriches life, builds community, and preserves the Earth.
Pretty simple eh? It should be fairly simple to get on your bike and pedal somewhere each day – work, grocery, friends house, down the street and back…
I wanted to participate in April’s event, but I wasn’t able to bike thanks to Lyme Disease! I’m excited to do it this time around. Even though I already bike pretty much everywhere I think it will be a good challenge to actually make myself ride somewhere each day.
While you don’t need to, the organizers are encouraging everyone to register. It is painless to register and you still have time to ride today!